By Emily Neelon
This semester I’m interning at Portland Radio Project, a non-profit radio startup in downtown Portland. Even though it’s unpaid and I am only receiving academic for my work, I love my internship. It combines all three of the career areas I am interested in pursuing after graduation: radio, online journalism, and non-profit communications.
PRP is a very collaborative and supportive environment with an innovative business model. Striving to stay local, it promotes local music artists, businesses, and non-profits through an online stream and website.
Over the past five weeks, I’ve been able to apply my previous reporting and writing experiences as well as my classroom knowledge to my projects at PRP. I’ve become proficient in using various audio-editing programs to create podcasts out of live interviews.
I’ve written articles for PRP’s Community Voices Series, a series that supports and brings exposure to non-profit organizations around the Portland metro area that are affecting the community in positive ways. I’ve observed radio shows and have even been on-air a few times.
I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many successful people from entrepreneurs and non-profit founders to journalists and radio personalities.
Looking towards the remainder of my internship, I’m hoping to become more involved in social media and marketing, interviewing and reporting, and speaking on-air. I’d love to learn more about the musical aspect of the station (as the avid music fan I am) and am planning to assist in planning the station’s launch party for its FM dial 99.1.
With a solid foundation laid, I’m looking forward to becoming more involved with PRP’s inner workings. I’ve shared these aspirations with my supervisor (the founder of PRP) and she was very supportive.
I couldn’t ask for a better experience.
Through working for PRP, I found a new passion for radio and non-profit work. I’d love to work for a local radio station or non-profit organization after graduation and my internship helped me realize this. The practical skills and valuable connections I’ve made so far are irreplaceable.
I’ve been blessed with an amazing opportunity and it’s all because of collegecentral.com. I found PRP’s internship listing on College Central, a website that posts loads of internship and job opportunities in any and every field and location. The website gave me all of the information I needed to apply and helped streamline my research process.
After following the application instructions and reaching out to PRP’s founder Rebecca on the PRP website’s volunteer page, I came into the studio for an interview and was offered the job. Rebecca and I discussed what I was interested in learning more about and formulated a plan to accomplish these learning goals.
Because I wanted to receive academic credit for my unpaid internship, I met with my adviser and Elizabeth Ostapeck, the internship coordinator of the College of Arts and Sciences, to fill out necessary forms. I also enrolled in an upper division Communication internship course which adds an academic component to my work in the studio. Although securing my internship and credit took time, it was well worth it.
Looking for an internship for this summer? I’d definitely recommend looking into http://www.collegecentral.com/up/. As an added incentive, it’s free! You have no excuses not to.
Check out Portland Radio Project at http://prp.fm.